BVA Welsh Branch

BVA Welsh Branch exists to represent members in Wales. It brings together representatives of our specialist and territorial divisions, government, academic institutions and research organisations in Wales.

If you are a BVA member living in Wales, you will automatically be a member of BVA Welsh Branch.

Current vacancies

We are currently looking for up to 6 new members of Welsh Branch Council.

Joining Welsh Branch Council is a great way to help shape the future of the veterinary profession in Wales and to ensure the voices of your peers are heard. This voluntary position provides a fantastic opportunity for networking, a chance to attend the annual political dinner with Assembly Members at City Hall, and the work carried out can count towards CPD.

Nominations are open until 9am on Monday 20 August.

For more information, view the description and person specification (PDF 156 KB)

Application form

Royal Welsh Show BVA cheese and wine reception

BVA Welsh Branch are holding a reception at the Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday 25 July. The reception will take place at 4.30pm at the Gwaredu BVD stand.

Special thanks to Neil Paton, Technical Director of Animal Health and Welfare Wales - Gwaredu BVD programme, and past president of BVA Welsh Branch, for inviting us to hold this event on the stand.

The event is open to BVA members as well as all other veterinary surgeons and veterinary students.

There will be a great opportunity to meet the Welsh Branch of BVA, and discuss the animal welfare and veterinary professional issues that matter most to you, with colleagues, stakeholders and Welsh Assembly Members.

If you are attending the show please drop in to say hello, catch up with old friends, or just to enjoy some complimentary wine and cheese.

Everyone attending will enter a fantastic prize draw to win a day of CPD of their choice at the Wales Veterinary Science Centre in Aberystwyth (WVSC). Thanks to Phil Thomas for kindly sharing the cost of the prize.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

Role of Welsh Branch

Our aims are to:

  • Foster the interests of the veterinary profession in Wales
  • Promote BVA in Wales
  • Advise on the consensus view of BVA members in Wales on Welsh and UK issues, particularly with reference to the Welsh Assembly Government, the National Farmers Union and the Farmers Union of Wales, and Welsh animal welfare organisations
  • Promote meetings in any part of Wales for the discussion of veterinary topics and kindred subjects, including assisting in the promotion of CPD provided by the territorial and specialist divisions

Welsh Branch AGM 2018

The Welsh Branch AGM was held on Tuesday 26 June at 2.30pm at City Hall in Cardiff. Minutes will be available shortly.

Papers are now available (PDF 1.61 MB).

Veterinary voice for Wales

We want to ensure the veterinary voice is heard in the Welsh Assembly and Government. 

View our latest campaign activity in Wales

Latest blog posts from Wales

Representation on BVA Council

Your two Welsh Branch representatives on BVA Council are Sarah Carr and Les Eckford

Welsh Branch Officers

  • Sarah Carr, President and BEVA representative
  • Dinika Procter, Junior Vice President 
  • Les Eckford, regional representative

Welsh Branch Council

The role of the Welsh Branch Council is to:

  • discuss veterinary policy issues as they relate to Wales and make all efforts to reach a consensus view on those issues
  • assist the BVA in formulating policy

Welsh Branch meetings

Welsh Branch AGM minutes, 13 June 2017 (PDF 254 KB)


The Welsh Branch has made significant contribution to a number of recent consultation responses, including:

More information about Welsh Branch

To learn more about the work of the Welsh Branch, including meeting papers and consultation responses, please contact

You can also download the BVA Welsh Branch Constitution